2009 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta
4.3
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HAD BOTH THE MANUAL AND AUTO

by from Copperas Cove on March 12, 2012

The 2009 VW Jetta TDI Manual is fun to drive, spacious in the front seats, adequate in the back seats for three children or two average sized adults with plenty of room on long trips. It offers excell...
The 2009 VW Jetta TDI Manual is fun to drive, spacious in the front seats, adequate in the back seats for three children or two average sized adults with plenty of room on long trips. It offers excellent fuel economy and while the clutch travel may be a bit long, once engaged, is responsive, agile, and has a grin-inducing ability when passing other vehicles on the highway. I put 57K miles on my manual transmission TDI and have not one single complaint about it. The interior fit and finish is world class quality, feels MUCH more upscale than the pricetag suggests. VW is spot on on this model-year's styling on the outside too. It has a low, aggressive, European stance with extremely competent suspension and handling. It is FUN to drive. I recently traded my manual in for an automatic to appease my wife who has wanted to drive it but doesn't do manual, and did not want me to simply buy her one too (I absolutely would have at the drop of a hat). While I am not quite as impressed with the automatic transmission, it is responsive and adequate to the task of grin-inducing acceleration but can struggle for the right gear at lower speeds. But my wife loves it and since I am deployed, she has made it her daily driver; and my wife has never historically cared what she drives. I may have a hard time getting her out of it, which would be fine, I will just go get another one. I paid $22k for mine brand new with 0 miles, and when I traded it in with 57k miles, received 17k in trade. Pretty solid value and minimal depreciation. VW got this TDI model year right on.
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Jetta - a great car

by from Vermont, Vermont on June 21, 2010

Nice car! Rides and handles very nicely. i felt instantly at home in the Jetta. Everything was pretty much intuitive. Mileage averaging about 28-29mpg. Definitely has that solid German car ride and fe...
Nice car! Rides and handles very nicely. i felt instantly at home in the Jetta. Everything was pretty much intuitive. Mileage averaging about 28-29mpg. Definitely has that solid German car ride and feel. Everything about this car seems to be well thought out and implemented. German engineering at it's finest! Haven't owned it long enough to know the reliability, but am hoping it lives up to what I read in Consumer Reports!! Bluetooth feature is nice for hands-free talking while driving, but as reported by people on the other end of the line, they can't hear me very well...
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Turbo Diesel Delight

by from Winchester, Virginia on December 17, 2012

After literally years of research and test drives I purchased a used 2009 Jetta TDI. I gat a very good deal as she had 98K miles--quite a lot for a 3-year old car but was told diesels last longer but ...
After literally years of research and test drives I purchased a used 2009 Jetta TDI. I gat a very good deal as she had 98K miles--quite a lot for a 3-year old car but was told diesels last longer but some mechanic friends... What can I say--I am getting 40+ MPG while sitting in THE most comfortable vehicle I have ever driven. The 2.0L engine has tremendous tourque and coupled with the 6-speed manual transmission gives it a very racey feel even when driving to Costco for a 15 pound bag of French fries. I commute just over a hundred miles a day and love, love, love only needing to fill up every 600 miles--it means no need for mid week fill ups to supplement the weekend top off and saves me time! The sound system is amazing and the sunroof and other appointments are spot on. The fit and finish on the 2009 are stunning and it boasts a visually striking interior, unlike the 2011 I drove as a loaner when my car was being serviced which appeared to look cheaper somehow. The exterior is not as exciting as it could be but does present a nice clean image--this was the only element I marked <5. While it has only been about 6 weeks & 2K miles, I am cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
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Practical and Stylish

by from Collinsville, Il on April 26, 2013

I am a first time car buyer and I could not be happier with my purchase. I was recently driving my husbands new jeep wrangler every day 50 miles and I was miserable. I wanted something cheaper on gas ...
I am a first time car buyer and I could not be happier with my purchase. I was recently driving my husbands new jeep wrangler every day 50 miles and I was miserable. I wanted something cheaper on gas and more comfortable and I found myself having to leap up into the jeep. I was looking for something practical for me and my laid back lifestyle with just me and my dog, but also something that would transition well with children in the future. And then of course I wanted style. So far this car has it all. I easily fit my nephews carseat in the back seat and my dog in the cargo area, I took the car on a weekend trip 1500 miles total and it averaged 28.5 miles. I am filling up roughly once every week and a half and I am driving a mix of city and hwy. Most notably I love the interior, the seats are a dream, heated and contoured so no back pain on my long trip. The panoramic sunroof is gorgeous and seems to be a hit with all backseat passengers. Overall I love my 2009 Jetta Sportwagen, I would buy it again in a heartbeat, maybe get the diesel next time just to improve the gas milage.
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Traded Benz for TDI

by from No.Va. on January 16, 2010

& haven't had any regrets. Traded down to save $, plan & simple. What I gave up, 'Benz' name, 6 cyl., convertible; self-dimming mirrors. gained: 38 mpg combined vs. 25; lots of storage capacity; grea...
& haven't had any regrets. Traded down to save $, plan & simple. What I gave up, 'Benz' name, 6 cyl., convertible; self-dimming mirrors. gained: 38 mpg combined vs. 25; lots of storage capacity; great touch-screen radio/stereo; DSG trans., bluetooth, heated ext mirrors; in-dash 6-changer CD; ipod integ.; etc. Will save 50% monthly payment + save fuel + $1300 tax credit + 3/36 sked maint included; write-off sales tax in '09.
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worst repair record in 45 years of driving

by from new england on February 1, 2011

comfortable and fun car to drive BUT, air pressure sensor went at 30k replaced battery and mass air flow sensor at 60k exhaust flap motor and sensor at 61k no way the fuel savings make up for all of t...
comfortable and fun car to drive BUT, air pressure sensor went at 30k replaced battery and mass air flow sensor at 60k exhaust flap motor and sensor at 61k no way the fuel savings make up for all of the repairs
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Never had an issue! Car has been trouble free....

by from Illinois on April 24, 2010

One of the best cars I've ever owned. Oil changes at the dealer and that's about it. Starts about the same during the Winter as it does in the Summer. Love the MPG. Combined highway/city is right at 3...
One of the best cars I've ever owned. Oil changes at the dealer and that's about it. Starts about the same during the Winter as it does in the Summer. Love the MPG. Combined highway/city is right at 39-40MPG. Solid ride, good sound system, great feel when driving on the highway, very smooth, nothing compares that gets this kind of economy.
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diesels have power!

by from San Francisco on June 6, 2011

if you want POWER that the hybrids can't deliver with mpg that is comparable - go for a diesel jetta! mine gets from 36 in the city to 45 on the highway, and it hasn't even hit 25,000 miles yet (which...
if you want POWER that the hybrids can't deliver with mpg that is comparable - go for a diesel jetta! mine gets from 36 in the city to 45 on the highway, and it hasn't even hit 25,000 miles yet (which is when the dealer says the diesel engine is 'broken in' - and mpg can go up to 50 mpg on the highway!). at the rate it's going now, i would believe it, and i drive 75 on the highway :) only down side with this car is that VW doesn't recommend running the 2009 model with 100% bio-diesel (though i know folks who have with perfect results). however, as i want to keep my warranty in place, i am only putting in B10 (10% biodiesel) at the moment. after the warranty is up i will increase the percent of biodiesel i am using. GO DIESEL's!
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09 Jetta TDI

by from Atlanta. GA on May 11, 2011

Got a great deal on this certified diesel Jetta and it is a great driving, very economical, fun to drive car. Can't say enough good things about the clean diesel and the 43MPG on the road is terrific....
Got a great deal on this certified diesel Jetta and it is a great driving, very economical, fun to drive car. Can't say enough good things about the clean diesel and the 43MPG on the road is terrific. Quality seems excellent.
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2009 Jetta SportWagen TDI

by from Madison, Wisconsin on June 18, 2011

I've had my '09 Jetta SportWagen TDI for just over 2 years now, and have 65,000 miles on it. The only repair problem I have had was due to a computer problem that caused it not to start in cold weathe...
I've had my '09 Jetta SportWagen TDI for just over 2 years now, and have 65,000 miles on it. The only repair problem I have had was due to a computer problem that caused it not to start in cold weather, and which was fixed by reprogramming the computer (under warranty). According to the dealer, they had to make this fix on several TDIs. Other than that, it has been reliable. I love the mileage (I average over 40 mpg overall, and have reached 46 mpg on several tanks of gas). I also love the way diesels drive - the power is in the rpm range that I drive in, so it's available quickly. No need to downshift to accelerate. It's just the right size for me - ample interior space, great headroom (I'm 6'2"), but easy to park in a compact space. The stereo is good, road noise very moderate, and it handles well. I'm hoping it will last for 500,000 miles.
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